“For God so loved the world…” Those words from St. John’s letter remind us of a core truth of our faith – God loves us and wants us to be joy-filled. The sacraments are a visible reality of that truth. Through the seven sacraments God shares his holiness with us so that we, in turn, can make the world holier.
Bishop Matano, in his letter of introduction to the Policies for the Administration of the Sacraments reminds us:
How difficult it would be to try to “get it alone” – to make sense of the life “on our own.” But the Christ of the Sacraments has not left us orphans; he has called us by name. Our Lord has extended the invitation: “Come to me all you who find life burdensome, and I will refresh your souls!” Recalling the motto of both Saint Francis de Sales and the Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, “Cor ad cor loquitur”, “The heart speaks to the heart,” let us respond to Christ’s invitation and open our hearts to Him present in the Sacraments, Christ’s gifts eternal, the gifts of life, the supreme gift of the Most Holy Eucharist.